Rosemary Spooner, 9th June 1976

She will be remembered in the Church for her ministry to the deaf in Oxford and beyond.

The daughter of Dr Spooner of the ‘spoonerism’ fame, Rosemary had a long record of public service recognised by an OBE, but will be remembered in the Church for her ministry to the deaf in Oxford and beyond. She was for many years the honorary secretary of the Oxford Diocesan Association for the Deaf and Dumb, which her mother founded, and a founder member of the Council for the Spiritual Care of the Deaf and Dumb. Rosemary had deaf cousins and a great empathy with deaf people. She learned sign language and when invited to be on the ‘top table’always chose to sit with the deaf whom she befriended. She is described as a woman of unaffected humility whose contribution to the Diocesan Association was immense. She died in 1976.

Picture courtesy of Roger Williams (Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf)